Third year WR Dede Westbrook enjoyed a mini-breakout during his sophomore campaign in 2018. Despite some horrendous QB play and little help around him, Westbrook hauled in 66 catches for 717 yards and five touchdowns. He also added nine carries for 98 yards on the ground and was a punt return dynamo, averaging 14 yards per return and a touchdown to boot.
Westbrook, despite being only 25, is the Jaguars’ most proven and reliable offensive weapon. In 2018 he showed he could dominate from the slot, but also has the versatility to win on the outside. Even with a less-than-ideal situation at QB, Dede caught over 65% of his targets last season. With Nick Foles in town, Westbrook is a strong candidate to become a 75+ catch receiver in 2019. His ability to make something out of nothing on screens and short routes should make him Foles’ favorite target.
From a special teams standpoint, the Jaguars may not want him to be the every day punt returner, so he can focus more on being a receiver. But when the Jags need a big play in tight ball games, you can bet that Westbrook will be back there to take punts.
Overall Westbrook is an above average complimentary piece on offense that could develop into something more in 2019. He should be the Jags’ Swiss Army knife for the foreseeable future.
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